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Policy Brief: Crimininalisation of HIV Transmission in southern Africa: Fueling the HIV epidemic, SAfAIDS, 2009

Abstract:
Since the advent of HIV, there has been intense debate on what constitutes the most effective HIV prevention approach that governments should adopt. Striking a balance between public health and human rights approaches to addressing HIV have often been at the centre of such debates... Legislators in some countries have called for HIV-specific criminal laws as a means of protecting women from HIV infection, but the irony is that sometimes such laws may result in women being disproportionately prosecuted, since due to antenatal testing, women are more likely to be tested first.

 

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